funny, deeply weird, and action-packed...Di Filippo manages to cram every great tradition of the science fiction adventure novel into this one, giving it the feel of one of his baroque masterpieces...
08 November 2006
31 October 2006
I've recently found an almost ideal line of external hard drives with the Western Digital "My Book" series. I purchased the 250 GB model and discovered several great features:
- It's very quiet and runs cool
- The case is decent looking and unobtrusive
- Most importantly, the drive spins down after a period of inactivity (unlike most of the other external drives I've seen)
The only, slight drawbacks are that the drive automatically turns on & spins up whenever the attached PC boots (vs. defaulting to "off" unless you press the power button), and that the disk is formatted with the FAT32 filesystem. The filesystem issue isn't necessarily bad - just depends on what sort of OS your PC runs. Folks who run WinXP exclusively (I'm sorry) may want to reformat the drive as NTFS, and MacOS users will probably want to change it to HFS+. But FAT32 isn't bad. All modern OSes can read/write to it. The only drawback is that a single file can't be larger than 4GB on a FAT32 filesystem.
Anyway - good piece of kit. Recommended.
19 September 2006
Ever wish you had a source for one of those "built like a tank" old Western Electric desktop phones ? Well drop by Old Phones and have a look. All of their phones come equipped with an RJ-11 modular jack and are made to be used, not just displayed on a shelf.How about a brand new, military surplus, rotary dial ITT model 500 in the original box for $65.00 ? Nice, hefty handset, and a good, loud "answer me, dammit" ringer - a classic :)
[via the Silicon Underground]
27 June 2006
As a follow-up to my post below about a Real Router for $60, word comes that recent models of the popular Linksys WRT54G can now be converted to Linux like the older models.
The current, series 5 models of the WRT54G have come from Linksys with the VxWorks OS loaded, and were resistant to being flashed with alternate firmware. But...
Jeremy Collake, aka "db90h," appears to have created a "VxWorks Killer" flash image that overwrites the VxWorks bootloader on series 5 WRT54G routers with normal Broadcom CFE firmware. This then enables the device to be put into maintenance mode at startup, after which Linux firmware can be installed easily.
[via Linux Devices]
07 June 2006
After following the instructions and upgrading to the DD-WRT firmware, your cheap WRT54G can do cool, "real router" things like QoS (Quality of Sevice, a.k.a. traffic shaping), where you assign higher bandwidth to certain machines, or to critical apps like Skype, while still letting that Bittorrent D/L chug along in the background. You can also increase its wireless Xmit power from the default, and rather measly, 28 mW to something more useful - like 70 mW. Or set it up as a static DHCP server, where the individual MAC of a machine's NIC is always assigned the same IP addr with its DHCP lease. Endless, geeky network admin fun awaits...
19 May 2006
If you're Nina Paley, you create a charming animation of the story from the perspective of a Blues-singing Princess Sita! :)
16 May 2006
[via Chaos Manor]